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Old 05-21-2015, 03:46 PM   #3
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Join Date: 06-03-10
Location: Chattanooga, TN

I started with a Bandera. I just bought a bundle of Hickory at Academy Sports when I started out. It would last about 2-3 cooks. I would add charcoal and a small split every 1/2 hour. I preheated the next split on the firebox shelf. Beware of the hot spot, the baffle will help with that. Raising the grate will help keep the fire burning. Those 2 mods are required IMHO. I always used a water pan and you will need to add water every say 3 hours. The temps vary pretty drastically from low to high so use that you your advantage. I never had much trouble maintaining 250 on the door gauge.

I made a lot of good Q on a Bandera, good luck with your cook. I might have suggested a butt instead of a brisket, as they are a bit more forgiving.
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